We have become aware of some Sheds experiencing disquiet and agitation for a while now following Sheds reopening. We have spoken at length with some Shed Leaders on this subject and feel that one thing we could do to help is provide you with some messaging that could go on your walls if you feel it is helpful.
We recognise people have been on their own during lockdowns and being in a social Shed setting may subconsciously be a challenge. It is also an uncertain time for many with the Government’s Plan B coming in to force in England and other preventative measures being put in to place in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. This is compounded by discussions on whether Shedders should wear masks in the Shed or have vaccines, etc. There is perhaps a Covid Blues and it is not necessarily the case in all Sheds, but it is being reported to us.
In most of the cases we have heard about it is helpful if people can reflect and we will also look to see if there is something we can do around mindfulness in the new year.
This may not be useful for you particularly, but hopefully it will help some.
I have just watched a tweet of a golden retriever eyeing Darth Vader warily on the TV it is watching. Increasingly stressed by the growing image of the cloaked and villainous spectre, it gives up to cower behind the sofa. That’s a healthy reaction and we share much of the same biology as that retriever.
During these changing times, easyfundraising is a pandemic proof fundraising option for your Shed. Head over to their free webinar on Friday January 29th at 2.00pm to find out how it works, see a live demo, get advice on how to sign up and ask the easyfundraising team questions. If you’ve been before they are sharing some new info that will be useful.
It’s free to attend plus there’s a prize draw with a chance to win £25 for your Shed. More than one member can attend so please spread the word to other Shedders too!
We’re celebrating! This was an International Men’s Day with a difference! We were nominated for the Men and Boys Coalition Special Crisis Award – and WE WON! It was a very accomplished field and we’re over the moon! Salute to Men’s Sheds across the UK continuing to give men hope during these crazy times!
We’re supporting the Urological Health campaign from @Mediaplanet. Learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted prostate cancer diagnosis, what to do when you have erectile dysfunction and advice on handling BPH from key thought leaders, onlinewww.healthawareness.co.uk/urology and in today’s Guardian.